The area behind your house, especially if it's covered in grass or other plants, is a backyard. Some people have decks or patios in their backyard.

If you live in a city, you'll consider yourself lucky to have a tiny backyard where you can sit on a sunny day. In the suburbs, houses often have identical, fenced-in backyards. And in the country, your backyard might extend for acres. The word is sometimes hyphenated, back-yard, or spelled as two separate words. It's been in use since the 1600s, combining back and yard, from the Old English geard, "enclosure, garden, or court."

Definitions of backyard
  1. noun
    the grounds in back of a house
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    type of:
    curtilage, grounds, yard
    the enclosed land around a house or other building
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